Mustangs finish runner-up at Prattville 7-on-7 tourneyPublished 5:49pm Monday, June 23, 2014
Stanhope Elmore came away with a lot more than a second place finish after the two-day 7-on-7 tournament at Prattville High School this weekend.
Facing eight other schools, including national high school power Colquitt County (Georgia) and rival Wetumpka, for a $5,000 check and a spot in Mel Kiper Jr.’s National 7-on-7 Championship in Washington, D.C., the Mustangs’ quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs gained much-needed experience.
“I told them we were very proud of them for the way they competed,” Stanhope head football coach Jeff Foshee said. “This ain’t real football, but you can compete and get some things out of it. The biggest thing I got out of today was the fact that we were competing. And they did a good job of it.”
Two days removed from a player collapsing at practice, Foshee’s group entered double elimination play Saturday at the two seed. After receiving “good news” about their teammate, the Mustangs defeated Prattville 21-20 to advance to face undefeated Colquitt County in the championship contest.
Rotating quarterbacks Bishop Frazier and Tanner Anderson throughout the showcase, Stanhope handed the Packers a 19-10 loss to force a winner-take-all game. But Colquitt County rebounded to hold off SEHS 22-20 and take home the title. Foshee said both signal callers “looked good,” but the difference was the little things.
“We covered well at times. We still got little things we’ve got to work on,” he said. “That was the difference, they did the little things a little bit better than we did at the end of the day. We’re going to be OK. “
Former five-time Alabama state championship football coach and current Packer head coach Rush Propst said it’s hard to beat a team twice at 7-on-7’s, but lauded the Mustangs’ effort.
“I think Stanhope is a good football team, I really do. They competed hard,” the former Hoover coach said. “Jeff Foshee’s a good football coach, number one first and foremost. Their kids battled. They come back beat us in that first ballgame. We had to make a completion down there to ice the game or we’re fixing to go to overtime.
“You got to give credit to Jeff Foshee and his staff. They had a kid get in trouble with heat exhaustion the other day. He’s had to deal with that. But I was proud of the way they competed and proud of the way my guys competed.”
While they came up short of winning the tournament, Foshee said he was satisfied with each corps’ improvement.
“We had to beat (Colquitt County) to force another game, and we did. It was a lot of fun and made that last one a lot of fun, too,” Foshee said. “We came up a little bit short, but that’s alright. We got a lot better today.
“They got a good bunch. I think it shows that we can play with anybody doing (7-on-7). It’s a good thing today that we really competed very well and that was what I was proud of.”